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Grateful Dead Live at Monterey Performing Arts Center on 1969-06-14

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Grateful Dead Live at Monterey Performing Arts Center on 1969-06-14

Topics Live concert

Turn On Your Love Light-> Me & My Uncle-> Doin' That Rag-> He Was A Friend Of Mine, Dire Wolf, Dark Star-> Saint Stephen-> The Eleven-> Turn On Your Love Light-> Drums-> Turn On Your Love Light

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Monterey Performing Arts Center
Location Monterey, CA

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD > MCass > Cass > DAT > ZA2 > SF > CD > mkwACT > SHN
Transferred by Jeff Tiedrich, David Hollister, Jim Skinner


Normalized in SoundForge, then pitch shifted down 89 cents on highest accuracy.


Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 7, 2016
Subject: Don't listen to anybody
Except the Dead, especially when they're good.
Reviewer: feel_like_stranger - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 15, 2016
Subject: guest vocalist
The opening band Aum's leader, Wayne "Tha Harpe" Ceballos.
Reviewer: Geleg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 16, 2016
Subject: the Dead Rave it Up!
Great show, especially for fans of Lovelight. But Dark Star is sweet, oh so sweet as well.

Does anyone know who it is who sings the first chorus of the last go at Lovelight? (just about 20 seconds after the end of Drums). It doesn't sound like Bob to me.
Reviewer: tomatoman4666 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 19, 2015
Subject: Don't listen to the last guy.
This show, from June 14 of '69, is easily one of the most charged, energetic shows of all time. The sound quality of the recording is average, but the music is supercharged and nearly manic at times. This last screwball who rated this show doesn't know what he's talking about. The songs are out of order- check with older reviews if you care to get things in the right order, but they are all from this date. They're electric and tight. If the sound quality were good, it'd have been a Dick's pick long ago. I've been a deadhead for 30 years and though i've worn this out listening to it too much, it still is a top notch favorite. The eleven is dizzying and almost impossible to follow, if you listen to Jerry. He'll take you all over the place and make the beat very difficult to maintain.
Reviewer: milocampo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 5, 2015
Subject: set listout of order.
tracks 07 - 11 are the beginning of the show and tracks 01 - 06 are the second half of the show. hope that helps.
Reviewer: Quincy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 4, 2015
Subject: Miss the hiss
This hair-raising Dark Star will ring the doorbell to your soul, whisk you effortlessly through the limitless bounds of eternity, and drop you at the back door in time for breakfast.
Reviewer: The Ickl0w - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 1, 2014
Subject: Two lovelights?
I am a little confused as to the source of the second 26 minute Lovelight ... it is not a continuation of the show - seems out of place but don't get me wrong; it is all good
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 14, 2013
Subject: So f'in good, indeed -
You think you know '69? If you haven't heard this monster, give it a whirl. They're completely on top of the wave on this one. Perhaps the perfect show from this hallowed year of Dead music.

Can't pick a favorite, it's all so incredible, but I have to tip my hat to that Dark Star - it just *insists* so strongly it's frightening....there's no "room to move" here! And check the finale of Lovelight, when they boil this thing completely right over the top and who, oh man. Anyone knows who that mystery vocalist is there late in the jam?

So, get to it, kids. This thing is the Real Deal - no need to "convince" yourself of anything here!
Reviewer: cloudsplitter - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 17, 2011
Subject: Intense
I swear they're tripping, or at least Jerry. He just plays with this creativity he doesn't really have otherwise. He's just nonstop throughout, especially on songs like Dark Star and Eleven. I mean listen to the Seminole concert a few months earlier on 5/23-24, it reminds me of that so much, and it's well known that they took acid beforehand.
And to the earlier poster, that screeching feedback is Garcia not Weir.
Reviewer: Pangolin22 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 15, 2011
Subject: Powerful set
Just incredible. I love this era where they were starting the transition from psychedelic song suites to the more rootsy Workingman's/American beauty material. I can't say I was too crazy about this version of Dire Wolf but that powerhouse Eleven is out of this world. Be sure to listen to this set in the proper order though!
Reviewer: tomatoman66 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 6, 2010
Subject: Revisited
Two years after my initial review, i could not overstate the greatness of this show, and all it's energy. It's very difficult to pick best versions, and there are a hell of a lot of good lovelights out there...But, this show's manic energy is through the roof, and the eleven in this show is the definition of the first, best, and most creative jam band there ever was or will be.

I challenge anyone out there to count the eleven time throughout this version and focus on Jerry's guitar at the same time. Good f***ing luck. On top of the crazy time and unbelievable jamming, he's coming in on different beats. I don't know how the band kept up, but i suppose that was the best job to have, keeping up with Jerry. It's light years beyond fluid.
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 14, 2010
Subject: Eleven
Crazy version we got here, no question. Not quite 10/12/68 or 2/28/69, but almost as great. Good show all around, nice upbeat MAMU, beautiful playing on Friend of Mine, a REALLY unique Dark Star (in a year where many sound very similar) all worth checking out.
Reviewer: Purp - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 9, 2010
Subject: MPC 69
I was at that show. It was at Monterey Penninsula College, and the opening band was Aum, although it wouldn't surprise me if there was another band on the bill. My memory is a little foggy. I do remember it was a great show, though.
Reviewer: magicastles - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 17, 2009
Subject: Now is the time
past believing the child has relinquished the rein

the "Seven faced marble eyed transitory dream doll" line is missing but oh well....I guess that one got left out a lot

this version has the extra mustard on it. granola. heavy. love that Gibson sound. Garcia nails the descending riff at the 9:30 mark. sweet
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 13, 2009
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live In Concert" June 14, 1969 at the Monterey Performing Arts Center, Monterey, California, U.S.A.


Superduper 69' Soundbard.

Classic 1969 Sound.

This is a "Must Have" show.

If you are a fan of Pigpen like I am, you are going to want this show. He carries the show with his rendition of "Turn On Your Lovelight".

The GRATEFUL DEAD perform some of our favorite songs from 1969 all for a $3.00 admission fee.
I think the "Bitter Seeds" opened the show. Check the poster, I did.

The United States of America will put the first man on the Moon, July 19, 1969, about 4 weeks after this show and Woodstock will happen in two months, August 15-18, 1969.

Does anyone remember 1969? I was 14-15, I remember it.

Elvis was King, Nixon was President and there was nothing like a GRATEFUL DEAD concert.

The equipment crew for the GRATEFUL DEAD always busted their a$$es to set up the amps, and equipment. Without those folks there would be no show.

I want to thank those guys and gals behind the scenes that did everything it took to put the GRATEFUL DEAD on stage for the fans.

Back in 1969 there were no "huge production companies" with all the equipment you could "rent" to put on a show. The GRATEFUL DEAD practically invented the concept of "big" live shows with "great sound".

Who knew hippies and freaks were such militaristic capitalists?

Well, it is called "Show Business", NO Business, NO Show.

Thank you Bill Graham for being the protaganist for the GRATEFUL DEAD. We miss you.

Even way back in 1969 the GRATEFUL DEAD were a force to be reckoned with.

I highly recommend adding this Monterey, California show to your 1969 GRATEFUL DEAD collection.

Five stars for the mix, recording, performance & transfer.

As with all shows on the Internet Archive I highly recommend you use your EQ during playback.

Here's one way to download this show:

The IA recommends users of Windows XP view this web-page with RealPlayer. RealPlayer is a free media player you can download at

For easy streaming or downloading you should use RealPlayer.

Using RealPlayer to view this webpage, click the VBR M3U link to open the songs in the Playlist. If your Playlist is not open, open it by clicking the Playlist icon at the lower right hand corner of RealPlayer. Once the songs are in the Playlist, double click the song to play it, then click the record button at the lower left hand corner of Realplayer to record it. When the red line reaches the other end click the stop button to download the song. Your song is in the RealPlayer Downloads folder. Repeat these steps for each song.

Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.

Thanks for the LOVE from 1969.

PS: Get em' while you can, get em' while they're free, get em' now or you'll be sorry...the Man giveth and the Man taketh away...WTTW

PSS: Thanks to Jeff Tiedrich, David Hollister & Jim Skinner for sharing this show with all of us.
May the music of the GRATEFUL DEAD live on and continue to touch the lives of countless future generations thanks to your work on the Internet Archive.

PSSS: Remember to click on the the "DeadLists Project" link and get the poster for this show.

PSSSS: I guess this is how the GRATEFUL DEAD wished they'd played and sounded at Woodstock...hmmm.
Reviewer: NRPS - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 12, 2008
Subject: Insane!!
This show is smokin' from start to finish!

Can anybody help fix the track listing?
Top 5 1969 show!
Reviewer: balaw28 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 31, 2008
Subject: Greatest Show Ever
Hillights - the whole fucking Show

Well first of all a freaking LOVELIGHT opener and not that but the greatest set of lovelight’s my ears have ever had the privilege to listen to the jam is intense and pigs soul if heard like no other lovelight has ever done before or after. This is by far the greatest lovelight ever preformed. After the epic 26:27 minute lovelight the me & my uncle is probably the greatest one from 1969, of all time not but top three. the din that rag vas valiant but nothing compared to the opener. But the he was the friend of mine is probably one one of the vest versions i’ve ever heard Jerry's playing impeccable and you fell the lost as he saying “now he’s dead and gone” like he is singing about his father beautiful to the very end. The Dark star in so spacy and an amazing version you hear phils base leads the spacy trip with his rhythmic bass and completes one of the best of what 69 offered by phil an tom on the keys. one of my favorite parts is of weirs “screeching feedback” as you are their in the mindset of what is the Dark Star. The st. stephen to eleven is insane as well again lesh driven intertwined with the remarkable playing of jerry during those extended solos. and probably the greatest eleven ever played!. The en they do their magic and bring it back with what a lovelight reprise that is juat as good as ever pigs voice oars over the tune that we all love as lolelight. half way throu you hear that a drumbs is coming and when they just break out into a drumbs that was compact yet worth as much a a 15 minute drumbs. i love how they yell ya, ya, ya, ya, and then they do their magic for the final time its a 7 minute lovelight reprise and and epic ender to what this dead head considers the Greatest Show of all time and the greatest lovelight ever played by the grateful dead. This show was on my birthday and if i were alive back then it would have been the single greatest hour and 50 minutes of my life.

_This show doesn't deserve 5 stars but as many as humanly possible
and i have know idea why this was never a dicks pick are you kidding me!
Reviewer: slickwil - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 14, 2007
Subject: hey ascheylus
think of it as an IQ test, man. don't screw up the rating process because you haven't passed the test.

monster show. listen to the good doctor. get it now.
Reviewer: Keldrean - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 31, 2006
Subject: Anyone have this show
this seems a phenominal show , as in I'm a deadhead I feel so much energy pulsating off the songs. If anyone could give me this show on mp3 that would be awesome . If you would , E-mail me at yeah this is a definate A+ show
Reviewer: ascheylus - favorite - December 6, 2005
Subject: This Sucks
I can't download it so what the f*** is the use?

boycott boycott boycott
Reviewer: plars72 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 6, 2005
Subject: Where was this??
I'm pretty sure I was at this show - I saw all the Dead shows during this period. But this listed venue doesn't exist - it was almost certainly the gym at Monterey Peninsula College. Great recording and very good show.
Reviewer: dr. flashback - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 28, 2005
Subject: Dosed Again !
This show has been widely traded for some time, and it usually shows up in the 1969 top ten in Deadbase surveys. One listen and it's easy to see why!
Fans of Pigpen - this is the show for you. Basically a "Dark Star sandwich" with 2, count 'em TWO Lovelights as the "bun".
They burst out of the starting gate with Lovelight #1, full of fire and funk, and it's obvious that Jerry is ready to cook tonight! A gutsy Me & My Uncle follows, then a tight version of Doin That Rag with some nice Jerry soloing at the end. Then the Friend of Mine, not usually a standout, is here just played to perfection. A chill-producing version where even the vocals and harmonies are spot on. Only the Byrds could top this version, or maybe not !
An early, tentative rendition of Dire Wolf points forward to Workingman's and the Dead-about-to-be.
Then, it's time to put on your space helmet and achive orbit. Not the longest Dark Star, but certainly one of the best for 1969. Different themes and styles explored by Jerry make this one rather unique. Plenty of texture to keep your ears busy - bells, gongs, backwards-sounding guitar, feedback and tasty jamming by all.
St. Stephen really smokes, and here includes the William Tell seque into an incredible Eleven. This is definitely one of the best for 1969, tight and rhythmically complex with sparkling runs by Phil and Jerry.
There aren't many great SBD's from the summer of 1969 available yet- all the more reason to download this one! The sound quality is B+, a little muddy but well balanced. Highly recommended!
Dr. Flashback :-)
Reviewer: whirlwind dreamer 65-95 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 9, 2005
Subject: he was a friend
i almost shed a tear on this song it flat out gave me goosebumps must be the august 9th thing he pushed me round and round on that merry go round thanks jerry! miss ya man. a+ sound for me check it out. asleep in the stars r.i.p.
Reviewer: Docter - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 8, 2005
Subject: a favorite
Absolute killer!!
Reviewer: mikeoberg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 4, 2005
The last reviewer said this is not the best "Eleven" but one of the better. Are you kidding me? This probably is the best "Eleven" I've ever heard. They go OFF! And Jerry just keeps coming up with mind melting runs up and down the fret. This is "goosebump" material. They are just charged. The whole Lovelight wrapping throughout the show is rare. I can't think of another show where they replicate this. I wouldn't be surprised if they clean this one up and release it as a Dick's Picks. If anything you have to listen to "The Eleven". SMOKING!!!!
Reviewer: Mike Ashenfelder - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 24, 2005
Subject: Dark Star
Rough but very nice. Playful and creative. A vintage version.
Reviewer: Postcard73 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 29, 2004
Subject: St. Stephen > The Eleven
I don't know that I could ever pick any version of The Eleven as my favorite, but this one would definitely be in the running. It isn't as tight as the Live/Dead version, but the transition into the main Eleven theme and the first part of the Eleven jam have got to be among the most amazing few minutes of music the Dead ever played. That isn't to say the rest of the song here isn't excellent as well. It's just that the first few minutes of music following William Tell are so freakin' intense.

Similarly, I would say the St. Stephen here is among the better versions I've heard. It's very tight and rockin'. It does, however, suffer from a very brief (less than a full second?) drop out between the lines "spinning that curious sense of your own" and "Can you answer? Yes I can" at the very end of the song. I don't think it is mentioned in the text file. This may not bother most people, but it throws me every time I hear it for some reason.

The remainder of the show is well played. I wouldn't place this on quite the same level as, say, 2-28-69, because there just isn't enough show here. There is no Other One, Alligator, Caution, etc. I also don't think the music on the first disc is quite as inspired as the jam on disc 2. Still, I'd say this show is definitely worth checking out for fans of 1969; and it is an absolute must-have for any fan of St. Stephen > The Eleven.
Reviewer: BillDP - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 1, 2004
Subject: Excellent Performance!
This is a great performance by the band and a reminder of why I love the music of the Dead so much from this particular year. They start right off the bat with Lovelight and though it takes a little while for the band to groove, it turns out to be a great version which actually is only the beginning. After a bit of chaos, they launch into Me And My Uncle and then Doin' That Rag which really works. Rag is done well and contains some great jamming before they give way to He Was A Friend Of Mine. This version is sweet and contains a nice Garcia solo. Next, bookended by a couple of China Cat Sunflower teases, is Dire Wolf. It's probably the weakest point of the show IMHO.

Next up is the stuff of legends if you ask me. A nice, though compact, Dark Star is played in pretty typical 1969 fashion which leads into a very muscular St. Stephen. Following on the heels of Stephen is one of the best, jammed out versions of The Eleven that I have heard. Very well played by all, especially Garcia, Weir and Lesh. The song just cascades before shifting back into Lovelight number 2. This leads to an oddly placed but unique drum solo before falling back into Lovelight number 3 for the infamous vocal jam finale. This song is without a doubt Pigpen's, there is no doubt about it but if it wasn't for the manic vocals of Weir at the end of each and every version I have heard, I don't think the song would be near as memorable and this version is certainly no exception.

An energetic, fun, psychedelic rock and roll show that really shouldn't be missed by GD fans and fans of the band from this particular era.
Reviewer: Moose_12 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 1, 2004
Subject: Searching for Greatness
This is one of my favorite shows of all time. Best Eleven I have ever heard. Jerry is a man posessed breaking out fat licks that melt in your mouth along with a tone sigantured by the late sixties era. Clearly a keeper for any collector.
Reviewer: deadtoolhead - favoritefavoritefavorite - April 28, 2004
Subject: the eleven
not the best eleven ever played but still pretty good...anyone want the best eleven ever played email me at tell you the date so you could just download it off here but im not sure of the date...but you wont be dissapointed
Reviewer: dose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 28, 2004
Subject: THE Eleven
I've been looking for a high quality copy of this show for a long time, thanks Archive!! The show in general is decent, maybe slightly sub-par for '69. However, this is the hottest Eleven that I've ever heard. Perhaps even my #1 Grateful Dead moment ever. Jerry and Phil just don't stop. My only problem with this copy is that William Tell and the beginning jam are part of St. Stephen on this copy, preventing a quick fast forward to the outer limits. 5 stars for THE Eleven, 3 for the rest of the show.
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